Radio NZ News 24 July 2015The MP who has a paid parental leave bill back on the table for a second time, believes she now has the numbers to get it passed into law.Labour’s Sue Moroney has had her member’s bill – extending paid parental leave from 14 weeks to six months for all parents – drawn from the ballot once again.The Government had threatened to use its financial veto, but in February the bill was narrowly defeated in the House before that happened.Some MPs have been waiting decades for their own bill to be drawn in what could be described as a parliamentarian’s version of the lottery.Ms Moroney said the “ballot goddess” was definitely looking down on the children of New Zealand.“It’s great to have this pulled out again because we have the numbers back again in Parliament to see it through this time,” she said.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/279557/labour’s-paid-parental-bill-back-on-table
The Guardian 2 July 2010Gail Dines is also a highly regarded academic and her new book, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, has just come out in the US, and is available online here. She wrote it primarily to educate people about what pornography today is really like, she says, and to banish any notion of it as benign titillation. “We are now bringing up a generation of boys on cruel, violent porn,” she says, “and given what we know about how images affect people, this is going to have a profound influence on their sexuality, behaviour and attitudes towards women.”The book documents the recent history of porn, including the technological shifts that have made it accessible on mobile phones, videogames and laptops. According to Dines’s research the prevalence of porn means that men are becoming desensitised to it, and are therefore seeking out ever harsher, more violent and degrading images. Even the porn industry is shocked by how much violence the fans want, she says; at the industry conferences that Dines attends, porn makers have increasingly been discussing the trend for more extreme practices. And the audience is getting younger. Market research conducted by internet providers found that the average age a boy first sees porn today is 11; a study from the University of Alberta found that one third of 13-year-old boys admitted viewing porn; and a survey published by Psychologies magazine in the UK last month found that a third of 14- to 16-year-olds had first seen sexual images online when they were 10 or younger – 81% of those polled looked at porn online at home, while 63% could easily access it on their mobile phones.“I have found that the earlier men use porn,” says Dines, “the more likely they are to have trouble developing close, intimate relationships with real women. Some of these men prefer porn to sex with an actual human being. They are bewildered, even angry, when real women don’t want or enjoy porn sex.”Porn culture doesn’t only affect men. It also changes “the way women and girls think about their bodies, their sexuality and their relationships,” says Dines. “Every group that has fought for liberation understands that media images are part and parcel of the systematic dehumanisation of an oppressed group . . . The more porn images filter into mainstream culture, the more girls and women are stripped of full human status and reduced to sex objects. This has a terrible effect on girls’ sexual identity because it robs them of their own sexual desire.”…… “Many on the liberal left adopt a view that says pornographers are not businessmen but are simply there to unleash our sexuality from state-imposed constraints,” she says. This view was reflected in the film The People vs Larry Flynt, where the billionaire pornographer of the film’s title – the head of the Hustler empire – was portrayed as a man simply fighting for freedom of speech. Dines disputes these ideas. “Trust me,” she says, “I have interviewed hundreds of pornographers and the only thing that gets them excited is profit.” As a result of her research, Dines believes that pornography is driving men to commit particular acts of violence towards women. “I am not saying that a man reads porn and goes out to rape,” she says, “but what I do know is that porn gives permission to its consumers to treat women as they are treated in porn.”http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/jul/02/gail-dines-pornography
For the 17th successive year, the Enmore Association of New York (EANY) staged its annual Christmas party for the elderly and children of the East Coast Demerara community.The event, held on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the residence of Ayube Mohamed (Wise Man), catered for over 500 persons, who were treated to lunch and the presence of Santa Claus bringing holiday cheers and gifts.They elderly folks also received a hamper and a monetary contribution, compliments of members and well-wishers of the EANY. The celebration was once again made possible through the collaborative efforts of former residents of Enmore, residing in New York.The individuals and families graciously and generously donated financially and otherwise to make the event a reality, while several persons in Enmore did the coordination on the ground to ensure it was a success.Manzoor Rahaman, a member of the association, told the gathering that the EANY is extremely happy to be the bearer of glad tidings at this time of the year.“One of the things that I find quite interesting is that we’re able to serve you and give back to you because the older folks, if it wasn’t for you we would not be here…so we owe you a debt of gratitude, and because of that we try as much as possible to make sure you’re comfortable and taken care of too,” Rahaman said.One of the contributors to the event, Seeratan Persaud, said the contributions the older folks have made to the community cannot be overemphasized.“You guys have done a tremendously good job in raising kids in this community, and we’re proud of what you have done. Hopefully, we can replicate what you guys have done, although that would be a really uphill task,” Persaud stressed.Journalist Avenash Ramzan, who also delivered remarks at the event, echoed similar sentiments.Enmore Association of New York members pose with some of the invitees“I’m proud to see so many of the older folks here, whom I believe, and a lot of us would agree, are the heroes of this community. You are the reason Enmore is what it is today – you’ve produced doctors, lawyers, teachers, salesmen and you’ve put Enmore on the map, and I think you should all be proud of yourselves and the contributions you’ve made,” Ramzan noted.A raffle was also held and six lucky children won backpacks and school supplies ahead of the new term.The event was made possible through contributions from Sheila Shakoor and family, Steve Kim, Yuri Chandisingh, Elaine McKee, Gavin Anthony, Ravi Etwaroo (Cricket Zone USA), Tina Singh, Aleesha Mohamed, Randolph and Anjanie, Fazal and Shamin Haniff and family, Amar, Salina and Jennifer Prashad, Central Plumbing Specialities, Kim Clarke, Lena Pinto, Geeta Nathai, Art Denson, Prakash and Sirmati Persaud, Balraj Khemraj, Zabida and Romeo Sue, Amna and Jonathan Jagroop, Sam and Safoora Ali, Rennie Bacchus, Abbas family, Seeratan Persaud, Jimmy Baichand, Suresh Persaud, Naresh Persaud, Lawrence Mootoo, Ricky and Sharon Persaud, Hamid family, Ramesh and Lily Lall, Madho Singh, Steve Toor, Jennifer Selberstein, Elegant Hardware of the USA, Nick and Sham and Shano and Julie.The executive members of the EANY (Ayube Mohamed, Debbie Singh, Roupchan Hardowar, Amar Prashad, Surujpaul Singh, Akbar Khan, Rudy Persaud and Prakash Persaud) would like to express immense gratitude to all the donors and wish everyone in Enmore a Merry Christmas and a productive 2019.